Detroit’s LGBTQ Pride festival was crashed by a small group of Nazis, the U.K.-based Independent and Reuters report:
In Detroit, an armed white supremacist group called the National Socialist Movement (NSM) descended on the annual Motor City Pride Festival, where they held placards, gave Nazi salutes and displayed armbands with swastikas.
Photos from the event, which was attended by thousands of LGBT+ supporters, showed a group of around 10 neo-Nazis marching surrounded by police officers.
Dressed in black with a number carrying firearms and shields, the NSM marchers tore apart pride flags and pushed over at least one counter-demonstrator. One even appeared to urinate on an Israeli flag.
This comes as a “Straight Pride” event is being organized in Boston by “members of a far-right organization with a penchant for anti-Semitic and racist rhetoric,” according to the Daily Beast. Milo Yiannopoulos, a gay President Trump champion who has ties to white supremacists and was chucked from platforms like Twitter and Paypal, is slated to be the event’s grand marshal.
Detroit wasn’t the only city to have a scare at a Pride event this weekend. Seven people attending the Washington, D.C., festival were taken to the hospital in a stampede sparked by an armed man, who is now facing gun-possession charges.